12 Jackets for Transitioning to Spring Weather
by Emily Tozer
It’s almost time to start planning your spring wardrobe. But before you trade snow boots for sundresses, there are a few weeks of very unpredictable weather. During those weeks, a jacket is the most practical piece to have in your repertoire. So, here are 12 jackets that are just right for the upcoming in-between weather!
A neutral trench coat is an absolutely timeless piece to have in your wardrobe. Plus, it’s perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. Longer trench coats are the most versatile because they can just as easily be dressed up over a pretty frock as they can down with denim shorts, as Jessica of Tuula Vintage has done. Look for one that’s double-breasted with the option to belt it—that is the most flattering kind. Plus, you can swap out the belt for a fashionably cooler option to completely switch up your look.
Layers are crucial when transitioning your wardrobe to spring. It can be freezing one minute and sunny the next, so removable pieces like jackets are key. A vest is another great option to have because, unlike a jacket, it doesn’t cover up your entire outfit! We love this military vest on Pam of The Girl from Panama over a long-sleeved tee, but it’d look just as good over a sleeveless dress or tank when temps warm up.
If the weather outside isn’t messing with your outfit, the temperature indoors still might! Chilly offices and shops are annoying, but a jacket is just what you need to toss on and warm up. Krystal Schlegel nails transitional dressing with this all-white look. You’ll get so much wear out of a jacket like this because it’s perfect for almost any occasion: indoor, outdoor, office event, weekend—you name it! It also adds a cool, textural contrast to outfits like silk tops or dresses.
Blazers are a wardrobe essential year-round, but for transitioning to spring, a blazer is the perfect lightweight layer. To get the most use out of your blazer, look for one with stylish details like the leather sleeves on this one that work for a host of occasions! Samantha of Could I Have That rocks hers off-duty with a tee and jeans. We’d also wear it over a silk dress for a dinner date or with a blouse to work.
Want to make more of a statement with your outerwear? Combat changing temperatures with a cape! Capes have been going strong for a few seasons, so there are plenty to choose from; but for transitional dressing, a midweight cape in cotton or cashmere is your best option. It’s cozy to throw on but not too bulky. We love this camel-colored cape on Merritt of The Style Scribe; it’s the perfect neutral to go with all your winter and spring looks!
Utility jackets are the perfect weight for in-between weather, and they look great over most casual outfits. The army green color is like another neutral! Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere takes the most casual route, layering her utility jacket over a plaid shirt and boyfriend jeans. But we also love them over floral dresses for a more feminine take. They typically have a roomy silhouette, so wear them open or belted for the most flattering look.
Classic leather jackets are a no-brainer when it comes to layering. But since they can be tough to layer under coats, yours may have been out of rotation this winter. With spring around the corner, we’re almost to the point where you can break it out again. And do it quickly, before the summer heat sets in! We love how Jacey of Damsel in Dior styled this black leather jacket with a midi dress and ankle boots—the perfect balance of winter and spring pieces. Keep yours on hand in case of sudden drops in temperature.
Fringe is a major trend for spring 2015 and plays into the season’s ’70s revival. Take a cue from Katelyn of Katalina Girl, and get a jump-start on the trend with a fringed jacket. In a neutral color like tan or black, it’s surprisingly easy to wear and turns even the most simple outfits into a stylish statement. Take the look one step further with platform shoes. Drape the jacket over the handles of your tote if it gets too warm!
Denim jackets aren’t a new closet staple, but they seem to get a few updates each year. This season, we’re craving denim jackets that are slightly oversized, like this one on Arielle of Something Navy. Look for one that’s free from any embellishments or trims for the most sophisticated and versatile take. While it’s still cool, wear it with a white tee and dark skinny jeans for a transitional take on double denim!
Printed Moto Jacket
Over winter’s dark and muted hues? Printed jackets let you embrace the colorful season even if the weather hasn’t yet. Floral prints come around every year, but this season, oversized, artistic florals are in. Krystal of This Time Tomorrow‘s floral moto jacket is structured enough for the office but easy to dress down, too. If you’re shopping for a few new jackets for the transitional season, versatile styles like this are the ones to look for first!
You won’t want to head into the new season without a pastel jacket. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from! We love every style from pastel collarless jackets to trench coats, but a pastel leather jacket is a fail-proof choice. The sweet hue on an otherwise tough style keeps it from being too feminine or too masculine. Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook teams her pastel blue moto jacket with stripes and boyfriend jeans to make an almost-monochromatic look we’ll definitely be copying.
With winter coats, it’s easy to rely on one statement piece to make your entire outfit. In transitional weather, though, jackets are going on and coming off, so you shouldn’t neglect what’s underneath! But that’s not to say a statement jacket can’t work. A printed coat like Julia’s of Gal Meets Glam is still fairly neutral, so it works well with other prints or simpler looks.